Entrepreneurship Advisor
Position # 1252-002


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants


WAGES - West Africa Governance & Economic Sustainability in Extractive Areas


GHANA , Accra


12 months


Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.


The West Africa Governance & Economic Sustainability in Extractive Areas (WAGES) is jointly implemented by World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI) in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Guinea. Working in partnership with communities, local government, mining companies, and other stakeholders, the project will enable communities, particularly women and youth, to maximize the socio-economic benefits from extractive resource investment in West Africa. The project’s principal areas of focus include local governance, sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and regional knowledge-sharing on development best practices in mining areas. The expected results of the project include: increasing employment opportunities for community members, especially youth and women; ii) strengthening capacity of sub-national governments and local institutions to leverage opportunities arising from natural resource development, especially the extractives sector; and iii) increasing informed dialogue on local economic growth and governance strategies in regions with natural resource development activities, within the three target countries and across West Africa.


  • Develop new and improved entrepreneurship training guide as appropriate to enable the BACs to expand their entrepreneurship training program;
  • Work with service providers to review their curriculum and make appropriate recommendations for improving the curriculum to meet international standards;
  • Support the development of innovative, cost-effective and appropriate promotional campaigns for the value of entrepreneurship, employability and enrichment to youth and women;
  • Support businesses, cooperatives and individuals to conceptualise, develop, implement and evaluate long-term strategic growth plans and business initiatives;
  • Provide technical advice on identification and formulation of business opportunities, initiatives, and partnerships for the development of viable services or products;
  • Provide technical expertise in the development and implementation of strategy/business plans for partners;
  • Train WAGES team and BACs to review, analyse and evaluate business strategies and plans for new business initiatives and provide detailed financial models to examine value of income generating business ideas;
  • Provide strategic direction in the management of marketing and sales functions of businesses and cooperatives;
  • Provide leadership in the development of policies, standards, operating procedures and work plan for businesses and cooperatives; and
  • Document and share tools and best practices.


  • A university degree in Business or Economics or related experience in Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, Project Management, or related field
  • Proven and demonstrable ability to develop fresh approaches and innovations
  • Strong entrepreneurial drive, passion and ability to help shape the marketing strategies of small businesses and start-ups
  • Thorough understanding of business strategic development
  • Excellent knowledge of strategic business planning methodologies, tools and techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate, package and sell business
  • Excellent leadership, managerial, coaching, mentoring and interpersonal skills in team setting
  • Excellent presentation, communication and report writing skills


  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
  • Language training in-country where required.
  • Return flights, visas and work permits.
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
  • Health insurance.
  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • Vacation leave entitlement.
  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!


  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.


  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.